Post by Corvidophile on Jan 2, 2016 13:09:37 GMT -5
I'm looking to enclose half my backyard into a play area, I already have three sides with extant structure to work off of, basically I just need to affix hardware cloth to the inside of a chain link fence! Then the open side I think I'll complete with wooden posts set in concrete with stapled on hardware cloth. I'll add a smooth material a few feet up to stop climbing, not sure whether I want plexiglass or wood. What's gotten me stuck is what kind of digging prevention to go with. I'm considering getting a large lot of stainless steel baking racks from a restaurant supply store and burying them around the perimeter, would this work?
Bury chicken wire underneath the perimeter? That's the only way we would keep some animals out of our yard. Not sure how well it would work for ferrets. Given the chance will they just dig a bit, or actually tunnel?
No, there is no cover except the slats on the top. There is a 8 inch flashing nailed to the top edge to prevent them from climbing out the top and the slats are close enough to prevent any bird of prey to access the area. The one problem that I've got with this style is the pine martens can access thus it's closed and out of reach during the night to the ferrets. The martens don't seem to have been any more interested in the enclosure than the ermines. ciao
Post by Corvidophile on Jan 3, 2016 13:21:50 GMT -5
LOL I went to the flea market and just ended up buying 28 two-foot baking sheets, there they were waiting for me practically! Heather what do you mean by "flashing", like the aluminum pieces used in house siding?
Yes, I believe so. It's metal flashing, it comes in a roll. It comes in 2", 6", 8" and 12". It comes in various lengths (the wider you get the shorter the roll). It's very easy to work with and can be stapled ciao
My dad and I have recently fixed up an old shed and some left over fence panels into a new ferret cave for my two fur-babies. During the day they are now allowed to roam free in and out of their cage (after breakfast) around the shed space and out into their run through a cat flap we installed. They're then shut in their cage after their evening meal until morning. Took inspiration from everyone else's cool ferret cribs in hope that my two are also able to enjoy the good weather.
Added an extra, smaller gate that I'm able to step over after opening the door to get into the shed. Just a precaution so that when I go in to play with them, they don't come zooming out. Also keeps the dogs (to their dismay) from bouncing all over the ferrets and vice versa. Added self-adhesive floor tiles to make it easier for me to clean considering Nyx and Thalia enjoy running around the shed after digging in their mud box.
Just a photo of the inside of the shed, their cage and some of their toys that are in view. Recently took out their ball-pit because they've crushed the majority of the plastic balls I bought them, haha. Had to zip lock the wardrobe that contains their blankets, toys, litter and my cleaning equipment because they've been determined to pull out their favourite bedding and toys regardless of the amount they already have out.
Both of them instantly took to opening the cat flap. In this photo you can see Nyx dragging her favourite toy out into the run through it, haha.
The outdoor run. They have a tumble dryer hose, a dig-box and some toys scattered around. Added a shelf and some ramps for them to climb up onto it. The blanket isn't supposed to be there...they pull them through the cat-flap and curl up on them when the weather is nice. What-ever makes them happy, haha. The top of the run is covered with chicken wire as our cats are too curious for their own good.
But, yeah. Here's my partially-outdoor enclosure/run? If anyone has any suggestions on how to improve it, I'd love to hear. :)
Ferrets: Contessa Kitties: Watson, Oskar DIP Sinnead, Vincent, Boris, Zeus and Athena, Willow, Mr. Frodo, Indie, Lucrezia, Judge, Odin, Miss Emily, Suki, Cody, Aristotle, Butterscotch, Frankenfurter. RIP Herne, Ligeia, and Mr. Stubbs
oh gosh I think we could go nuts with some of these ideas! my husband is a carpenter so getting him to make me something might be pretty easy thank you so much for this thread! totally going to get something for my little guy on the deck for summer where we spend our evenings
I've been meaning to get back on post my current outdoor enclosure, life just keeps getting in the way. Of course, now we are about to move out of this house (owner wants to move in... annoying...), so this HAS to be the perfect time to post about an enclosure I'm about to pull down!!! Hahaha
First of all, I want to show you what we started with at the previous house. We bought a rather large, 1800mm x 3600mm x 1800mm (~ 6' x 12' x 6') "cat" enclosure that has super strong mesh. We lined the bottom with a marine-style carpet and filled it up with STUFF. As we didn't really trust the mesh in the long run, this was a supervised only outdoor enclosure. The girls got to play in it for a couple of hours each day while my wife or I did something outside (which sucks in winter!!!). It wasn't ideal, but it meant they got outdoor time without us having to follow them around on the harness and leads they hated at the time.
Here is what it looked like:
We thought about using it where we are now and adding some kind of acrylic sheet around the sides, but the expense and hassle just didn't seem worth it. It is now repurposed for the cat to use at this house, though he doesn't like being out there own his own... big sook!
Besides, I had a much better plan for this house. There is a veranda running the entire front of the house. So, why not enclose half of it for Cindy and Sally to play, unsupervised, each and every day?!?!
That in the end is what I did. I made up panels of marine ply framed by structural pine. They were then fixed together with screws in the corners. As we are in a rental property, we couldn't permanently fix the structure to the veranda, the solution was to sandwich the two outer panels to one of the uprights with some bolts and rubber to protect it. Then running around the houses outer wall is some more structural pine to keep it all square and prevent the girls from just shoving the panels aside. Lastly, we covered the entire floor with vinyl\lino, which is stapled liberally to the pine supports the entire way around.
Here is how it looked just after I finished initially:
I used piano hinges for the "gate" at the top. We have a couple of AU$5 steps from K-Mart to climb in and out. I didn't like the idea of a vertically hinged door on an outdoor enclosure. I didn't want them bolting past us when we wanted to go in. Plus, this is a whole lot simpler in the end. It is held "closed" with a sliding bolt on each side at the top.
The girls seem to really love it. They spend a decent amount of time running at full tilt and then pouncing on each other. The window you can see is out lounge room, we spend more time than we should sitting and watching them getting their crazy on! Also, as it is right next to the front door, we have had a number of neighbours, couriers, etc. spooked when the look in and one of the girls comes barreling up and does a flying leap at them!!
The enclosure measures around 5250mm x 1800mm (17'3" x 6') with a wall height of approximately 1250mm (4'). With the "gate" folded down I (5'11") can just step over without assistance if I need to, though there are usually ferrets underfoot, so it is just easier to use the little steps.
You may notice that some panels aren't painted. This was purely down to time. I ran out of it! Even though it is marine ply, it will break down in time no matter what anyone wants to tell you. The remaining panels will hopefully get cleaned up and painted when we move in a few weeks.
Including the cost of paint, which was HALF the cost of the entire build, this cost ~AU$300 to build. Exterior paint is SOOOOO d*mn expensive!!! I still have a huge amount of vinyl left, so I should be able to use most of this and my leftovers to build the enclosure at the new house. The dimensions of the veranda there are a little different, but a little lateral thinking and we'll get there.
Cindy and Sally exploring their new enclosure:
Hot days are hard work:
So we get a pool to play in:
Also, to combat the hot summers (which we have just finished) we have installed a misting system above the enclosure that drops the temperature considerably. We can have days on end of 38 deg C or higher (100 deg F) during summer, so this really helped. We have the misting system on a timer and it comes on for about 5 minutes each hour, depending on how hot it is. That and some wet blankets, the pool, etc. and the girls had a good summer. They never seemed to be stressed, were never dehydrated and never felt warmer than they should be. It took a bit of effort from my wife and I, but an outdoor enclosure during summer in the Australian heat is most certainly manageable. Once the night cooled down a little, the girls would get extremely hyper-active after a day of doing very little other than lounging in their pool and blankets.
Hope you all like this and I will put up a post of the new enclosure when I have built it in a few weeks.
Post by Roberto de Molero on May 30, 2017 1:08:10 GMT -5
I have a very similar hutch that was used by a rabbit I had not long ago The only thing is that it has chewing marks. Do you think that'd be safe for a ferret? Because with those teeth they have I dont see any sort of wood lasting long...
Ferrets don't normally chew wood, but I would be concerned about the spacing and strength of the bars for the caging (with pics it's hard to tell). You would also have to make sure they can't dig under ciao
Post by Roberto de Molero on May 30, 2017 14:29:11 GMT -5
The spacing in-between bars is like an inch and I am pretty confident with its strength, but you might be right. Will be checking today after dinner. The hutch is indoors, and so it will be. So unless it digs in my floor there's no need to worry about that